Authorities of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, yesterday announced that staff, who were quarantined after a patient who presented “symptoms of mimicking viral hemorrhagic fever” died on Wednesday have been released.
The hospital said the released staff would be monitored until the result of the test conducted on the sample taken from the deceased, a student identified simply as Eyamba, was concluded and announced.
The hospital said tests so conducted have shown that the patient did not die from Ebola or Lassa fever, stressing that further test on the sample was being conducted.
Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the UCTH, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, who addressed journalists at the instance of the hospital’s chief medical director, Dr. Thomas Agan, said a temporary accident and emergency ward has been created while the main one has been fumigated and closed for the time being.
The text read by at the press briefing stated in part, “On Wednesday, October 7, there was an Ebola scare following a patient we managed who died after presenting with symptoms mimicking viral haemorrhagic fever. We are pleased to inform you that preliminary tests have excluded Ebola and Lassa fever. Further tests are being done for confirmation in line with international standards.”

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